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Breakfast, Bees, and Wasp Nests

Posted by mrssmythe on August 14, 2018 in Critters, Garden |

We’re starting to get quite a crowd at the feeders in the mornings. We have one red squirrel, in particular, who is very vocal and quick to chase away anyone he considers to be a threat. The birds and chipmunks tolerate him to some extent, sneaking in whenever they think he isn’t looking. Meanwhile, the […]

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Late Summer in the Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on August 6, 2018 in Critters, Garden |

I think late summer is my favorite time in the garden. So many of my favorite flowers really come into their own in late summer. The yard is filled with color and happy pollinators. Finches land on the zinnias. I love to just sit out on the front porch and watch all of the comings […]

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Breakfast with the Chickens…and other odds and ends

Posted by mrssmythe on October 3, 2017 in Chickens, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

Some mornings, it’s still nice enough for CPT A and I to pop out onto the patio and drink our coffee while watching the chickens. It’s good for the chickens. It’s good for us. This week, though, the chickens were extra friendly. Everest jumped onto my lawn chair. (I was so startled, I almost spilled […]

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Garden Visitors

Posted by mrssmythe on August 6, 2017 in CPT's Lens, Critters, Garden, Photography |

August is the big month for flowers in my garden…which means it’s also the big month for pollinators. I’ve been thrilled this year to see so many bees and butterflies, and I get a kick out of just sitting on the porch, watching everything coming and going. I tried to photograph some of our visitors […]

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Photographing Bees

Posted by mrssmythe on July 18, 2017 in Critters, Garden, iPhone photography |

I’m finding that the best time to photograph bees is right after the rain. The bees are out, but they move much more slowly. They don’t seem to mind you sneaking up to take their pictures. They are, however, a bit bedraggled. Whenever I see this, I want to comb their “hair” for them. I […]

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